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Dec 16

Children’s museums in Illinois, Indiana unite to host free “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 4:33 PM by Wendy Long

News Release

Children’s museums in Illinois, Indiana unite to host free “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration

Normal, IL – Dec. 16, 2020 – The Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) joins more than 12 other museums and science centers in Illinois and Indiana to continue its annual tradition of providing local children with a Noon Year’s Eve countdown. Thanks to support from Commerce Bank and Commerce Trust Company, this live-stream event will be free to all who join the fun.

“Noon Year’s Eve is a classic celebration for children’s museums across the country. Since kids are often disappointed to miss the fun as adults stay up late to ring in the New Year, this daytime alternative is designed especially for them,” said Beth Whisman, Executive Director the Children’s Discovery Museum. “We are thrilled to offer something fun and playful for our families during this unusual time.”

This year’s celebration will focus on a free online Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party Countdown featuring The Awesome Squad, a children’s music group from Decatur, Ill., who serves up kids’ favorite hits. Families will be invited to dance along to the songs before the official countdown to noon! Footage from all participating museums will be shared during this unique virtual event. Noon Year’s Eve typically includes a day of play and a countdown with confetti cannons in the CDM. It annually attracts 1,000 people to Uptown Normal.

The free LIVE stream begins at 11:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 31 on the Children’s Discovery Museum’s YouTube Channel. (

Noon Year’s Eve activity kits are also available from the Children’s Discovery Museum to help children get the most out of the experience. Sign up for activity kits online at  and pick up will be available December 21-31 at the Museum Store, 101 E. Beaufort Street, Normal. Kits are $5 per person.

“The Association of Children’s Museums estimates around 30 percent of all children’s museums across the country will permanently close as a result of COVID-19. Events and fundraisers for museums are vital right now as we all work hard to serve communities even while our doors are closed,” Whisman said. “In 2020, more than 30,000 people have benefitted from CDM services, including the creation of 8,000 free STEAM activity kits and free Daily Dose of Play resources online.”

Participating museums also include: Children’s Museum of Illinois (Decatur, Ill.), Kidzeum (Springfield, Ill.), Terre Haute Children’s Museum (Ind.), Imagination Station (LaFayette, Ind.), Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville (Ind.), Muncie Children’s Museum (Ind.), Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn (Ill.), Discovery Center Museum (Rockford, Ill.), Peoria Playhouse (Ill.), Wonder Works (Oak Park, Ill.), Kohl Children’s Museum (Glenview, Ill.), and Chicago Children’s Museum (Ill.). Visit for complete details.


About the Children’s Discovery Museum  The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play. The Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation exists to support the mission and vision of the Museum through raising funds and awareness in the community. To learn more, visit, Like us on Facebook, follow @DiscoveryMuseum on Twitter, and follow @cdmnormal on Instagram.   #CDMPowerofPlay